Today, among the 87 war-torn countries in which data have been gathered, 300,000–500,000 children are involved with fighting forces as child soldiers.
Some, as young as seven, commit unspeakable atrocities: killing parents and siblings, assaulting neighbors, torching the villages they once called home. Some are forced to serve as sex slaves. Many are injected with drugs to curb their inhibitions against committing violence. Once the killing ends, peace treaties are signed and emergency humanitarian missions pull out. But these children’s sorrows persist.
After a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn’t fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like you’ll never get over what happened or feel normal again. But by seeking treatment, reaching out for support, and developing new coping skills, you can overcome PTSD and move on with your life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following a traumatic event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless. Most people associate PTSD with battle-scarred soldiers—and military combat is the most common cause in men—but any overwhelming life experience can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and law enforcement officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.
PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.
If an adult who has gone to war can be under stress after the war, now imagine a child who has spent his/ her life doing many atrocious things, things like killing their own parents would feel, the horrors this child had to see just because there is a struggle for power and the things they struggle with from the inside.
The, I am Somebody’s Child Soldier is a campaign aimed at raising funds to help former child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army get the Psychotherapy they need after the war ended a couple of years ago because children are never to know violence and neither do their hands ever need need touch guns.
A person who has not been to war would not understand what mental and physical impacts it has on those directly involved in it but we can always be there to help those who have been there to assimilate back into the normal way of life without ostracising them, give them a life away from suffering and a painful past.
With the help of Zara UK, Top Shop, People Tree, Walter Wright, Bailey Nelson, Reiss and Cathy Kidston a Fashion Show that is going to happen this month on the 15th at Royal Suites Bugolobi and will feature Maurice Kirya as the headlining act with the Kadogo Uganda National Contemporary Ballet, dubbed “Rescue My Mind” Fashion For Charity, has been organized to help raise some of the funds needed to rehabilitate the child soldiers.
And for those who want to leave with goodies, there will be an auction of some of the pieces showcased that night including a Wayne Rooney signed boot for the soccer lovers.
All the proceeds from this event will go to the, I am Somebody’s Child Soldier campaign, we will be honoured to celebrate this cause with all of you. Always remember that Child soldiers are also victims.
“They fight like soldiers but die like children…” Romeo Dallaire